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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree
In brief: No evidence found
No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism.
Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence.

In brief: No evidence found
No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism.
Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Don't think so
I know of no good study to make you worry about this.

In brief: Don't think so
I know of no good study to make you worry about this.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. David Bergman
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
No one is completely sure what causes autism.
It is probably caused by multiple factors including a possible genetic predisposition similar to breast cancer in certain populations. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a ssri medication. It is know to cause increased jitteriness and withdrawal type symptoms in a newborn when exposed in the 3rd trimester. No relationship with autism has been demonstrated.

In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
No one is completely sure what causes autism.
It is probably caused by multiple factors including a possible genetic predisposition similar to breast cancer in certain populations. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a ssri medication. It is know to cause increased jitteriness and withdrawal type symptoms in a newborn when exposed in the 3rd trimester. No relationship with autism has been demonstrated.
Dr. David Bergman
Dr. David Bergman
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